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Osprey Mutant Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.71
based on 62 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 7 reasons to buy the Mutant - and 4 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


99% of the reviewers give the Osprey Mutant a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (80%)
Good (19%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Mutant:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Mutant

  • The testers have complimented that the backpack frame is super sturdy with the removable lid system.
  • Almost all of the reviewers are happy with this versatile pack with extremely good weight to hip belt load.
  • A few mountain climbers are highly applauded about the streamlined design which helped them for rock climbing and snow sports.
  • Some reviewers also mentioned about the excellent compression straps which are long enough than a full pack needs.
  • A few reviewers said that the reverse bucket opening of the pack makes bigger items rack easy.
  • Some climbers have also complimented the helmet carry feature which helped them to carry their gear safely while climbing.
  • Some reviewers have also mentioned the pack can be trimmed as required.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Testers said that the pack comes without a frame which makes it to bend in the middle if the pack is not fully packed or if you are not using the hydration reservoir.
  • Many reviewers have also complained about the hydration reservoir which interferes with the packing and fit of the pack.
  • A few travellers said that the Bivi pad for the backpack is thin and short to be used under a sleeping bag.
  • Some reviewers also complained about the pack for not having a chest strap. This makes the shoulder straps to slide while moving or climbing.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Mutant models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity26-35 l (1587-2136 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.1-2.65 oz (1-1.2 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height10 in (25 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Sport
Cycling
Travel
School
Backpacking



Popular Models


Osprey Mutant 38

75% choose the Osprey Mutant 38

75 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Green
Grey


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity35 l (2136 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.65 oz (1.2 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height10 in (25 cm)


Osprey Mutant 28

25% choose the Osprey Mutant 28

25 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Green
Grey


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity26 l (1587 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.1 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height10 in (25 cm)




Osprey Mutant 28 vs Mutant 38


The two most popular Osprey Mutant models are the Mutant 28 and the Mutant 38, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Osprey Mutant bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Mutant 38 which is choosen by 75% (3 times as many as the 25% that choose the Mutant 28).

Mutant 28Mutant 38
Most popular

Capacity and Packing

The Mutant 28 has a capacity of 26 l, while the Mutant 38 has a capacity of 35 l.

Mutant 28Mutant 38
Biggest

For a traveller, the 9 L (549 cuin) difference equals around 1 laptop, 1 pants and 1 book.

Packing the Mutant 28
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
Extra in the Mutant 38
laptop
1
pants
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 9 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 jacket, 2 protein bars and 1 book.

Packing the Mutant 28
water_bottle
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
shoes
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
Extra in the Mutant 38
water_bottle
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
book
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 towel and 1 sleeping bag.

Packing the Mutant 28
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Mutant 38
towel
1
sleeping_bag
1

Check how you can pack the Mutant here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Mutant 28 is 0.5 kg (19.4 oz) lower than the weight of the Mutant 38.

Mutant 28Mutant 38
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Mutant 28 and the Mutant 38 has the same length (25 in). Both bags are the same width (11 in), while the height is the same (both 10 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, green and grey. Only the Mutant 38 is available in blue.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Mutant features:
  • Sternum strap
  • Ski carry
  • Compression straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Abrasion resistant

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Hip belt

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Mutant models (the most popular choice is the Mutant 38).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
2826 l2.1 oz0.08 oz/L
3835 l2.65 oz0.08 oz/L


Osprey Mutant
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Mutant ranks #3 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 5% Osprey bag

1Osprey Escapist
4.73
Osprey Escapist
2Osprey Atmos
4.73
Osprey Atmos
3Osprey Mutant
4.71
Osprey Mutant
4Osprey Porter
4.67
Osprey Porter
5Osprey Aether
4.66
Osprey Aether

vs All Bags

The Osprey Mutant ranks #9 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

7Osprey Atmos
4.73
Osprey Atmos
8Osprey Mutant
4.71
Osprey Mutant
9Patagonia Snow Drifter
4.70
Patagonia Snow Drifter
10Burton Switchback
4.70
Burton Switchback
11Montane Featherlite
4.70
Montane Featherlite



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Mutant vs 3 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Mutant vs Osprey Kestrel


Osprey Mutant
Osprey Mutant

4.71
BEST
Based on 62 reviews
Capacity: 26-35 l
Weight: 2.1-2.65 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews

Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Mutant is rated a little bit better than the Kestrel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,203 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Mutant is 31% smaller than the biggest Kestrel (35 L vs 46 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Mutant is 43% lighter than the biggest Kestrel (2.65 oz vs 3.8 oz).

FeatureMutantKestrel
Abrasion resistant
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green
Blue
Grey

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Mutant vs Osprey Talon


Osprey Mutant
Osprey Mutant

4.71
BEST
Based on 62 reviews
Capacity: 26-35 l
Weight: 2.1-2.65 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Talon
Osprey Talon

4.47

Based on 1,723 reviews

Capacity: 6-44 l
Weight: 0.7-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Mutant is rated a little bit better than the Talon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,785 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Mutant is 26% smaller than the biggest Talon (35 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Mutant is 10% heavier than the biggest Talon (2.65 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureMutantTalon
Abrasion resistant
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Reflective
Shoulder strap pockets
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green
Blue

Only the Mutant is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Talon is available in these colors:
Red
Orange




Osprey Mutant vs Osprey Variant


Osprey Mutant
Osprey Mutant

4.71
BEST
Based on 62 reviews
Capacity: 26-35 l
Weight: 2.1-2.65 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews

Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Mutant is rated somewhat better than the Variant.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 172 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Mutant is 40% smaller than the biggest Variant (35 L vs 49 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Mutant is 36% lighter than the biggest Variant (2.65 oz vs 3.6 oz).

FeatureMutantVariant
Abrasion resistant
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Mutant is available in these colors:
Green
Blue
Grey

Only the Variant is available in these colors:
Red

There is absolutely no arguing about the fact that the Osprey Mutant and the Osprey Variant are both wise choices when you are on business or leisure. They each provide great storage space for electronics, clothes, lunch or whatever else you happen to need.

The Osprey Mutant provides you with great padding in the sleeve to protect your gadgets. This bag is appreciated by many consumers due to the fact that it is lightweight.

The Osprey Variant is optimal when it comes to functionality. It is rugged and will truly handle all your business and leisure needs. It balances on your body well to make treks easy.





Selected Reviews


Dirtbag Dreams

In closing, I must reiterate how psyched I am on this pack. I found it to be more than adequate for ski mountaineering, although its technically outside of its designed use, and found it to be the best alpine climbing pack that Ive used to date. This pack will undoubtedly replace my similar-sized alpine pack, for both recreational objectives as well as during a long summer of alpine guiding in the Oregon and Washington Cascades.

Posted 29 May 2015 by Chris Marshall - Read full review

Black Sheep Adventure Sports people

Black Sheep Adventure Sports

This is an amazingly versatile and comfortable pack that excels at alpine and ice climbing.

Posted by Monte Johnston - Read full review


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Last updated on July 03, 2019